The Men's Page, Page 2

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Men's Fashions from The Lady's Magazine

March, 1796, "The Baptism of the Infant Princess."

February, 1798, "The Intimation"

Men's Fashions from Journal des Dames et des Modes (Costume Parisien), 1797-1839

Male Dress, 1799. Plate no. 237, labelled "An 8. Collet haut. Pantalon large." Millia Davenport writes of this plate in The Book of Costume. Volume I. (New York: Crown Publishers, 1948): "The `shaggy head' to which Walpole objected in the young English men of 1791, is worn in `dog's ears' with an English swallow-tail coat of cloth, the cuffs of which turn down to cover the knuckles ... while the chin is buried in a knotted kerchief- cravat. English stick. High-crowned straw hat with a narrow rolled brim, is trimmed with a buckle, which has moved to the hat after leaving the shoe" (721).Detail of hair and neckcloth. This extreme collar is typical of the "Incroyables" of Paris and was also called habit dégagé. Note how high the shoulders are and how wide the lapels (or revers) are. The pants (seen left) are extremely loose and look quite comfortable. Compare to Male "Incroyable" or habit dégagé Coat, c. 1795-1799
Detail of cuff and hat.Detail of shoe and pantleg.

Men's Fashions from The Lady's Magazine

January, 1800, "The Vicissitudes of Fashionable Life"

Descriptions from January 1880 issue:


(from page 43)

The frocks are still very short, but easier than lately. The waists of the riding coats are wider and longer; the collar still velvet, and very often covered buttons. The waistcoat without a lappel, the ground striped in diamonds. The breast of the shirt is plaited. The pantaloons puffed and wrinkling on the thigh. Sometimes instead of half-boots are worn boots, the turn-down of which preserve the colour of the leather. Gaiters are entirely exploded. The hair oiled, and very short, except in front, from which descend a few locks, which are sometimes craped as whim dictates.

Men's Fashions from Hamburger Journal Der Moden Und Eleganz

Fashionable Couple, 1802. Male Figure: This man wears a cutaway frock coat over a very simple cravat and moderately tight pants. The high collar and wide lapel of the coat is often called the "Incroyable" style or habit dégagé Compare to Male "Incroyable" or habit dégagé Coat, c. 1795-1799

Men's Fashions from Journal des Dames et des Modes (Costume Parisien), 1797-1839

Male Dress, 1804. Plate no. 517, labelled "An 12. Costume neglige d'un jeune homme." This coat has the high collar of the "Incroyable" look, but the lapels are not so wide and the shoulders of a moderate size. Note how high the boots are in comparison to the Germany plate of 1802, above.Detail of hair and neckcloth.

Images of Men from Le Beau Monde, or Literary and Fashionable Magazine, 1806-1810

See the 1806 Volume with image of male walking dress.

See the January 1807 Issue with images of court and walking dress for men.

See the February 1807 Issue with an image of male full dress.

See the March 1807 Issue with a description of male walking dress.

Evening Dress, May 1807. Male Figure: Male cutaway style coat worn over breeches and stockings. Breeches were essential for formal dress, rather than trousers which were considered extremely informal and casual. Note the coat has a double row of buttons showing; it is unclear if this is a violation of perspective to show us the coat is worn buttoned or to indicate extra buttons added for trim.

Garden Dress, June 1808. Male Figure: This casual outfit differs from the two more formal ones above in the amount of shoulder padding and the pants. The trousers here clearly indicate this is casual day wear. The vest is not fully buttoned either. The coat is much more severely cut away than the cutaway evening coat above. The collar is very high as well.



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